"As a female impersonator, developing a strong character with a voice is one of the most important aspects to the illusion.
When I thought of voice lessons, the first thing that popped in my head was the rigid strict choir teacher I had in middle school who would make students go through exhaustive exercises and repeating of verses that made going to class a dread.
From the first lesson with Laurece, I found the classes to be engaging and fun. I really liked the focus of using a holistic approach focusing on improvisational body and mind exercises, combined with practical voice coaching. The feedback I received every class was motivating and constructive at the same time. There was no pressure to be at any particular development point and I could go at my own pace. As a result I felt I made fast progress with my vocal goals.
While there is no magic pill with vocal development and progress depends on the students individual effort, Laurece's training has helped me accelerate this process."
"Laurece West’s vocal training has been tremendously helpful to me at my job. Tasked with creating voice overs for educational videos, I found my usual speech patterns did not work well in an audio recording. West’s training techniques and suggestions improved my vocal skills dramatically, leading to a much quicker video production schedule. Voice-overs that once took me an entire work day to complete satisfactorily now take less than half that time, and the end product is considerably better. I would recommend Laurece West’s voice training to anyone who wishes to improve their vocal skills."
Heather Valli, Chapel Hill, NC
"Prior to working with Laurece, I had many challenges related to speaking with clients and prospective clients. My biggest concern was that I wasn’t able to present the best version of myself to the world. This concern was rooted deep inside of me and hindered me in business, social, and personal situations. Sometimes in situations where I needed to speak, I decided not to - for fear that my words would be misunderstood or not come out right.
While working with Laurece, I have been able to learn to present myself better. I have learned to tell my stories. The techniques and exercises Laurece taught me have helped me ‘unclog’ my story pipeline. They flow a lot easier now and I am able to present a better version of myself. These are useful tools in presenting the best version of myself to my clients, colleagues, family and friends. What good is a story if it remains untold?
The tools Laurece has given me have helped me a lot when it comes to my speaking. I can better interact with people now in all types of situations whether business or social.
My friends and people I am close to have mentioned that they have noticed a difference. My business partner specifically mentioned: “I have noticed that you are more at ease in groups of people. That you frequently speak more and that your delivery appears more genuine.” The good results I have experienced have given me more confidence and I am setting my sights higher than I did before I worked with Laurece.
Laurece has given me concrete goals to work toward that will continue to help me communicate. I am still not sure where this chapter of my story will take me, I know that the better speaking skills I now own will help me along the way."
Wake Forest, NC
P. S.(after he completed the Speaking Freedom Package:) I have recently started doing Stand-up comedy. During our lessons you encouraged me to continue seeking opportunities to tell stories and this is the avenue that has drawn me in. I have performed in front of 150 plus twice now (once in Raleigh and once in Wichita KS.) My friends and associates ask me what in the world led me to trying comedy and I have told the story of taking your class many times. Thanks again!
" I recently did an interview/debate on the Brian Lehrer show on New York Public Radio, by phone. I got tips on how to prepare and frame my argument from the media expert at the think tank who arranged the call. And, I got tips from Laurece about using my voice effectively. After listening to the interview, the very first comments coming from the media expert-"I think you did great! You came across very knowledgeable. Your voice sounded good – you didn’t talk too fast/slow and your tone was very conversational."
Even before getting into what I said, the first thing she noticed was how I sounded. It makes a big difference. Thank you, Laurece."
Janneke Ratcliffe, Executive Director of The UNC Center for Community Capital, a Research Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
"I was already a published writer and poet but looking for a better way to express (verbally, out loud) my work as well as a way to stoke my creativity. Having recently lost someone who was a very creative person and very dear to me, I sought an outlet - creative therapy - to help deal with that profound loss in a guided and supportive way. With Laurece, I became unafraid of my own voice. I learned to fertilize my creative gifts. Using many techniques of InterPlay, Laurece pushed open an internal door that allowed me to express all that I had inside - physically, verbally, vocally. She showed me many techniques that I could use to lift up my art, to change it, enhance it, to expand it, to mold it into what I want it to be or into something I never imagined existed inside me. This was one of those things that was meant to be. I don't believe in coincidences so when her contact information showed up in an email from a list I'm on, I signed up. I'd been thinking of signing up for something like that, and suddenly, there it was. Some of the best writing I've ever done was while I worked with her. Now, though still busy with daily life and though I still long to break free of it and be what I believe I was intended to be -- I now have tools that I didn't have at my disposal before. I can introduce color, sound, scent, movement, different personalities into my work in many forms. I have the book, I have the techniques. I now know where the door is."
SEVEN,Poet, Essayist, Blogger,
Elite Training for Professional Singing & Speaking ™
Laurece West Studios
"Working with Laurece is powerful, practical, and spiritual! I noticed that I was losing my voice, in a week-long teacher training I was giving, when I remembered what Laurece taught me and applied it quickly...everything worked out fine and I had a happy voice! I often think about techniques she taught me and I keep using them."
Creator of Journey Dance
I felt you standing by my side as I gave a 2 1/2 hour presentation in China on Forest Schools for 40 or so teachers and principals. The opportunity came up unexpectedly on our 2 month visit and I went for it. My husband helped me prepare my first ever PowerPoint, my interpreter got me talking with ease on our walk over, and I chose to sit at the table while my talk was translated every few sentences. This gave me plenty time to pause, breathe, and relax throughout. I highly recommend it for nervous first timers😅
Your words of encouragement kept me going as I remembered our lessons from 2? years back, and I wanted to let you know I'm still thinking about you and thanking you.
Here's a photo of me and the promo for the talk!
In nature's light,